RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 9/17/20 –

“Two Dudes & Some Olive Oil…. Pistol Packin’ Eleanor …..Strong Male Color”

The official national sport of Turkey is grease wrestling.  Two guys cover themselves in olive oil and win the match by pinning their opponent or lifting him up and carrying him three steps.

Eleanor Roosevelt refused to let a Secret Service member travel with her when she was First Lady . . . she just carried a pistol.

Until the 1940s, baby boys were dressed in pink and baby girls were dressed in blue.  Pink was for boys because it was considered a STRONGER color . . . blue was for girls because it was considered more delicate and dainty.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 9/16/20 –

“You Always Hear the “V”….Present-But Not Inflamed …..Lotsa Seconds?”

Every letter in English is silent in at least one word . . . except for the letter “v.”  It’s never silent.

We all currently have hemorrhoids . . . they’re just not inflamed.

The most common street name in the U.S. is . . . Second Street.  The theory is that a town will name its first street either First Street OR Main Street, but they pretty much always go with Second Street after that. 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 9/15/20 –

“Favorite Season is Pre-Winter….Thou Shalt Not Do THAT…..Possessed by E.T.?”

There are six seasons in the Hindu calendar:  summer, monsoon, autumn, late autumn or pre-winter, winter, and spring.

The Sixth Commandment literally translates from Hebrew as “Thou shalt not murder,” not “Thou shalt not kill” . . . because it took into account that people might face situations like war or self-defense when killing was necessary.

The first script for “E.T.” was a horror movie.  Steven Spielberg decided he liked it better as a family movie . . . and that horror script was rewritten to become “Poltergeist”.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 9/14/20 –

“Above average number of arms….Common Presidential County ….. Which calendar are we using?”

If you have two arms, you have an above average numbers of arms.  How?  Almost no one has more than two arms, but some people have zero or one.  That means the average number of arms worldwide is just slightly less than two.

The most common name for counties in the U.S. is Washington County, with 31.  Jefferson County is second, with 26.

The Russian delegation showed up 12 days late to the 1908 Olympics in London, because they were still using the old Julian calendar . . . and didn’t realize the rest of the world had switched to the Gregorian calendar.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 9/11/20 –

“Checkin’ off the Elements….Fair Weather Birthday ….. The Oxymoron that is Oxymoron”

Our bodies contain 60 of the 118 elements on the periodic table, or about 51%.  But there are only large quantities of six of them:  Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus.

Every British king or queen has a second birthday assigned to them if their real birthday isn’t in the summer . . . so there’s good weather for their birthday parade. Like, Queen Elizabeth the Second’s real birthday is April 21st, but her “official” birthday is held on a Saturday in June.

The word “oxymoron” is actually an oxymoron.  It’s the combination of two Greek words:  Oxy, meaning sharp and keen . . . and moron, meaning dull and stupid.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 9/10/20 –

“Between Cancer & Capricorn….Bumpthe Title 4 years ….. Let’s Pick North Dakota”

There’s a real definition for a “tropical” location:  A place between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.  For the U.S., only Hawaii is technically tropical.

The original title of “1984” was . . . “1980”.  But George Orwell got sick while he was writing it, the book got delayed, and he wanted a large enough gap between when it was published and the future he was writing about.

 You’ve probably heard of the games “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” and “Where in the U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego?”  Broderbund Software also created “Where in North Dakota Is Carmen Sandiego?” in 1989.  It was made for the Apple Two computer and is the only Carmen Sandiego game where she’s hiding in a specific state.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 9/09/20 –

“Grape Flavored Potato Chips…. Cool! Free Stamps! ….. Sell for Parts”

Hostess made potato chips with orange, cherry, and grape flavors in the 1970s.  They failed miserably.

 Former presidents get free postage for life.

All of the materials in the human body, including things like bone marrow, DNA, antibodies, and organs, are worth a total of approximately $46 million.  But, obviously, if you sold them all, you’d die.  

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 9/08/20 –

“Hey That Flag Looks Familiar…. Kale as Decoration Only ….. Don’t Dis the Mango”

From 1921 to 1936, Lichtenstein and Haiti had the same flag . . . without realizing it.  They didn’t find out until the 1936 Olympics, and afterwards, Lichtenstein added a yellow crown.

Until kale became trendy in the last decade, the biggest buyer of kale in the U.S. was . . . Pizza Hut.  Not to feed to people, but to use as decoration on their salad bars.

Mangoes were so popular in the ’60s and ’70s in communist China that when a guy compared them to sweet potatoes, he was put on trial for malicious slander and EXECUTED.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 9/03/20 –

“Different on Different Sides….Same Front & Back …..Height Determines Potential”

Oregon is the only U.S. state with a flag that’s different on both sides.  One side says “State of Oregon, 1859” and has the state seal . . . the other side shows a beaver chewing a log.

“SOS” by ABBA is the only Top 40 song ever where the song title AND the artist are both palindromes.

A 7-foot-tall man in the U.S. has a one in seven shot of making it to the NBA.  A man under six feet has a one in 1.2 million shot.